Joe Biagini
Blue Jays' Joe Biagini: Backtracking on plan to become starter
Joe Biagini, RP, TOR
11:55 AM
News: The Jays are leaning toward keeping Biagini in the bullpen for 2017, rather than moving him into the starting rotation, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

Following the 2016 season, there was a strong sense that Biagini would be a starter when 2017 rolled around. With the relief market running thin -- and expensive -- the team may have little choice but to keep the 26-year-old in the bullpen. Biagini has made 86 career starts in the minors. Before joining the big league club for the most recent campaign, the righty went 10-7 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 22 starts for Double-A Richmond in 2015. While he may not start the year in the Jays rotation, Biagini seems bound to start on the bump sooner rather than later.

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Wade Davis
Cubs' Wade Davis: Will be dealt to Cubs
Wade Davis, RP, KC
10:15 AM
News: Davis will be traded to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Jorge Soler, pending physicals for both players, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

It will be a straight one-for-one swap, with the deal likely to be finalized later in the day. The addition of Davis, who is set to become a free agent next winter, signals that the Cubs plan to insert them into the closer's role in place of Aroldis Chapman, who is seeking a long-term contract. Though he regressed a little bit during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, Davis was still quite exceptional when healthy, turning in a 1.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 47:16 K:BB ratio over 43.1 innings. With Davis headed to Chicago, Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria are now the top in-house options to assume closing duties for the Royals.

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Yorman Landa
Twins' Yorman Landa: Returns to Twins on minors deal
Yorman Landa, RP, MIN
12/6/2016
News: Landa (shoulder) signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins declined to tender Landa a contract last week, but he will return to the organization for a seventh season. His invitation to spring training seems like more of a peace offering as Landa wouldn't seem to have a realistic chance to break camp with the big club, having never pitched above the High-A level. Control issues continued to plague Landa during his time with Fort Myers in 2016 (4.8 BB/9) before a shoulder injury put him on the shelf.

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Alex Colome
Rays' Alex Colome: Planning to be on Dominican team in World Baseball Classic
Alex Colome, RP, TB
12/6/2016
News: Colome will reportedly be part of the Dominican team at the World Baseball Classic, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Rays closer plans to soon start pitching in winter ball in order to be ready for his role as a potential closer for the Dominican club. Colome was a revelation for the Rays last season in the wake of former close Brad Boxberger's multiple injuries, converting 37 of 40 save opportunities while generating an outstanding 1.91 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

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Xavier Cedeno
Rays' Xavier Cedeno: May participate in World Baseball Classic
Xavier Cedeno, RP, TB
12/6/2016
News: Cedeno (neck) is wanted on the Puerto Rican team at the World Baseball Classic, but the Rays will have final say, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The southpaw finished the 2016 season plagued by a sore neck, so the Rays will have say in the matter of whether or not he can be a part of Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez's bullpen at the WBC. Cedeno is reportedly interested in participating as well, but as a valued left-handed arm in the bullpen, caution figures to be exercised, with his health for the opening of the 2017 campaign likely to take precedence.

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Steve Cishek
Mariners' Steve Cishek: Expected to begin pitching by April
Steve Cishek, RP, SEA
12/5/2016
News: Cishek (hip) is expected to begin pitching by April, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Cishek underwent surgery on Oct. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. It is possible that he will begin the season with a minor league rehab assignment or in extended spring training. With Edwin Diaz securing the Mariners' closer role, it is possible that Cishek will operate in a set-up capacity once healthy.

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Tony Zych
Mariners' Tony Zych: Expected to be ready for spring training
Tony Zych, RP, SEA
12/5/2016
News: Zych (shoulder) is expected to be fully ready for spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Zych was operating as a late-inning reliever for the Mariners in 2016 prior to being placed on the 60-day disabled list. He posted an impressive 13.83 K/9 as well as a concerning 6.59 BB/9 over 13.2 innings pitched. With Edwin Diaz locked in as the team's closer, Zych will likely fall into a middle relief or occasional set-up role in 2017.

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Ashur Tolliver
Astros' Ashur Tolliver: Claimed by Astros
Ashur Tolliver, RP, HOU
12/5/2016
News: Tolliver was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This marks the second time Tolliver was plucked off waivers since September, as two teams now have deemed him unworthy of a 40-man roster spot. The left-hander's numbers in the minor leagues were solid though, as he struck out 42 batters and only allowed 11 runs across 40/1 innings at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season, so if he can translate any of that success to the big leagues, he could serve as a decent low-leverage arm out of the bullpen.

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Casey Fien
Mariners' Casey Fien: Signs with Mariners
Casey Fien, RP, SEA
12/3/2016
News: Fien signed a contract with the Mariners on Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

The terms of the deal are not yet known, but the Mariners did clear a 40-man roster spot for him. The 33-year-old struggled to a 5.49 ERA in 39.1 total innings last season between the Twins and Dodgers, allowing a horrific 3.0 home runs per nine innings. He will likely factor in low on the Seattle bullpen depth chart.

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Cody Ege
Cody Ege: Non-tendered by Angels
Cody Ege, RP, LAA
12/2/2016
News: Ege was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.

Non-tendering Ege is a formality for the Angels, who designated him for assignment Thursday due to needing a 40-man spot. Ege will now look for a team seeking left-handed bullpen depth.

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